Gerdau Midlothian, located in Midlothian, Texas, USA, has purchased a custom designed ladle dryer from INTECO PTI to fit the existing ladle repair building. The ladle dryer is designed to allow the ladle carrier to deliver a ladle directly under the preheater, where the ladle lid is lowered onto the ladle for drying. The air/fuel burner control system is designed to follow the drying profile recommended by the refractory supplier. The system's user friendly HMI based control system is easy to use, and provides clear and useful information on the status of the preheat or dry-out cycle. Most importantly, the dryer delivers a fully dried ladle to the melt shop using the least amount of fuel.